ahhh! creeper!! lolz - yes, my husband did that but i was hesitant to suggest it because not everybody has cast iron grates and is handy with a torch. also, we 'reseasoned' our cast iron pans by putting them in the oven on the self-clean cycle. seems to have worked. or we maybe never cooked anything with gluten in them??
i like the replacing the grates, karen, i am just married to a stubborn man!
We just get something like this. My hub would think his time was worth more than the $20 to replace the grates.
When we travel and want to use a grill at the hotel or condo, we get some disposible ones from Walmart. The ones I get have ridges & small slits oin the bottom to let the grease out. You open them up. My hub positions them on the dirty grill and opens the holes that are between the dirty grates. Keeps the food off the grate. Couldn't find the exact kind to show you. They are 3 for about $4.